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New Year, New PouchPASS Features

For a more fuss-free and easy experience.

Data protection is a big priority for many of us. The importance of it increases as the amount of data created and stored continues to grow at unprecedented rates. There are several privacy concerns related to many of the systems out on the market, which include facial recognition, QR location check-in, and tracing applications. PouchPASS values your privacy and allows you to be totally in control of the personal data you share.

Regardless of the innovation utilised to preserve privacy, some potential customers might be wary about sharing their personal information when registering. To please every market segment, PouchPASS addresses this concern with a new update on its application. Users can use the app without having to create an account or log in one.

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Just like registered users, guests will be able to record their temperature and check their 14-day data, and log, edit or delete recorded symptoms. It’s fuss-free and easy. The difference with using PouchPASS as a guest is temperature records and logged symptoms in the diary will not be synced to your server and the Watchlist feature as you are required to have an account to access it. 

While logging in as a guest saves worry about infringed privacy, PouchPASS assures data protection. As a registered user, you can enable location services on your mobile phones to share geolocation with family members and colleagues. You will also have full transparency on which information is shared and can change the settings at any time. 

About PouchPASS

PouchPASS wearable technology allows you to monitor your body temperature in real time. It automatically syncs with our mobile app, allowing you to monitor your health status easily on the go. Its accurate temperature diary enables early detection of fever symptoms. Find out more now!

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A Conversation on the Effectiveness of a Vaccine

Will everyone get immunized?

The world is currently buzzing with positivity as good progress has been made with COVID-19 vaccines. To date, not one, but three giant entities have shown efficacy in their vaccine testings.

Oxford University and AstraZeneca recently announced their coronavirus vaccine as 70 percent effective at stopping people from getting sick, and 90 percent effective under one dosing regime. This comes after Pfizer released preliminary data showing its vaccine is 90 percent effective and progressed with reports that their shots are 95 percent effective.

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US biotech company, Moderna also released interim trial data indicating its vaccine effectiveness to be 94.5 percent effective. While experts agree that these results look promising, they also note that there is still a lot we don’t know about how well these vaccines work.

Although we’ve been comforted with good news on the development of the vaccines, many scientists anticipate that, like most other vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines will not be 100% effective. According to the World Health Organisation, the impact of COVID-19 vaccines will depend on several factors including the effectiveness of it, how fast they are approved, manufactured, and delivered, and most importantly, how many people will get vaccinated.

As highlighted by a study on Infection Control Today, one of the issues that need to be addressed is whether the public will take that vaccine, even if it’s been approved by local government health departments. A COVID-19 vaccine is a crucial contributor allowing us to get back to some sort of normality because of the herd immunity it would stimulate. But, will the herd follow through? Even a small number of unvaccinated people can make it much easier for a disease to spread and survive. 

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Several polls conducted in the US indicates that a substantial portion of Americans revealed their reluctance to getting a Covid-19 vaccine when it is finally available. Understandably so as vaccines usually take a longer time to develop and to be fully tested before its full potential can manifest itself. 

Although the vaccine isn’t available right now, encouraging people to take it when the time comes should start now. Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University suggest that public health campaigns promoting the benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine should start as soon as possible. “Vaccine efforts may need to go beyond just communications campaigns correcting misinformation about a COVID-19 vaccine to also focus on re-establishing public trust in government agencies,” the study states. 

“Groundwork for public acceptance of a COVID-19 vaccine, with or without EUA, should be started immediately before a vaccine is approved and becomes available. Such campaigns should address known potential barriers using culturally appropriate messages as well as specifically target social media influencers.”

There is much we don’t know about COVID-19 vaccination and its effectiveness. What we do know is that educating ourselves on what a possible vaccine can do for us, in the long run, should be a priority. While we wait for that time to come, we should continue monitoring our health regularly.

About PouchPASS

PouchPASS wearable technology allows you to monitor your body temperature in real time. It automatically syncs with our mobile app, allowing you to monitor your health status easily on the go. Its accurate temperature diary enables early detection of fever symptoms. Find out more now!

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What Is A “Health Passport” and How Will It Work?

Addressing the need for safe travels.

The evolution of new diseases and viruses has highlighted the need for more technologically advanced products to allow us to carry on with our daily lives safely. Commons Project, The World Economic Forum, and a wide coalition of public and private partners are collaborating to launch a trusted platform for travelers to document their COVID-19 status to fulfill country entry requirements.

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This new digital “health passport” was inspired to help get people back flying after the pandemic sent global air travel down by 92% in 2020. Trials have begun and its initial phase involved volunteers on United Airlines Flight 15 flying from London’s Heathrow to Newark Liberty International Airport tested at the UK airport for COVID-19. The results were then shown to officials on arrival in the U.S. on the digital health pass, stored on volunteers’ smartphones.

Testing is a great way to reassure passengers and allow people to skip quarantines, but there’s no common approach to this method as it varies according to different countries. Results are often presented in documented papers that contain vaccination records with no concrete way of verifying its authenticity.

Airports have reported instances of passengers’ producing fake certificates too. A digital app is more secure in comparison as it isn’t easily manipulated. This makes the “digital passport” a secure electronic mechanism that airlines and countries can be fully confident that people who have gotten tested actually did get tested.

The aim is to restore confidence to travelers and countries to begin opening up their borders again. Testimonials from some of the volunteers from the first test run revealed a fuss-free process of a five-minute procedure, and results were ready within 30 minutes. 

The actual barcode and the health pass will be available on the mobile app and it includes full details of the test, what the testing entails, and the overall results of it. Passengers can use the app to find participating labs and testing sites, retrieve lab results, and complete health forms. The system protects privacy because you won’t have to share your health information. 

Could this be a game-changer for the travel industry? Watch this space for updates.

About PouchPASS

PouchPASS wearable technology allows you to monitor your body temperature in real time. It automatically syncs with our mobile app, allowing you to monitor your health status easily on the go. Its accurate temperature diary enables early detection of fever symptoms. Find out more now!

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How Accurate Temperature Reading Can Help Save Lives Through Early Detection

PouchPASS allows you to identify these issues in the comfort of your own home.

Measuring body temperature is a common procedure performed to monitor for signs of infection, environmental exposure, shock, ovulation, or therapeutic response to medications or medical procedures. The body changes its normal temperature throughout the day to support its own defense mechanisms. The temperature of a healthy person changes depending on what activities they undertake.

Monitoring our body’s temperature consistently is now an integral part of our daily lives. It is today’s new normal as the whole world continues to battle the spread of the ongoing pandemic. Public spaces and retail outlets have equipped their premises with QR scanners and non-contact infrared thermometers, also known as a “thermometer gun”.

Although these thermometer guns are deemed necessary and convenient for business owners, health experts have constantly warned that these devices could give inaccurate temperature readings. Dr. James Leo, the chief medical officer of MemorialCare in Fountain Valley, California revealed to Healthline that non-contact forehead infrared thermometers have poorer accuracy, while infrared thermal cameras used for mass screening show variable accuracy. “They have not been well-correlated with oral temperatures,” he said in the interview.

Thermometers determine temperature by measuring the heat emanating from the surface of a person’s body. Most often, those wielding the tools don’t hold them close enough to the subject’s forehead, which often generates unusually low-temperature readings or holds them too close and get a high reading. The measurements can be imprecise in certain environments, like a dusty roadside, or when someone has taken medication to suppress a fever.

According to a study that was approved by The Melbourne Health Human Research Ethics Committee, monitoring skin temperature at the wrist in hospitalised patients may assist in the detection of infection. This study showed the value of using a wearable device in the detection of infection and its potential as an early warning or monitoring device.

Early detection of any form of infection is crucial in today’s current climate. Accuracy and not estimation is a priority. The innovation of PouchPASS allows body temperatures to be recorded and continuously sync temperature data to a mobile application for multiple users.

The best part of it all, PouchPASS has features that include contact tracing, and early detection of raised temperatures; important tools that will help mitigate COVID-19 transmission by allowing both households and businesses to perform their own health screening checks. For business owners, PouchPASS will save significant man-hours required to take and record temperature several times daily, and it allows regular households to monitor their health more efficiently within shorter time spans.

Early detection of infections can save you from more serious ailments. PouchPASS allows you to identify these issues in the comfort of your own home.

About PouchPASS

PouchPASS wearable technology allows you to monitor your body temperature in real time. It automatically syncs with our mobile app, allowing you to monitor your health status easily on the go. Its accurate temperature diary enables early detection of fever symptoms. Find out more now!